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Glencore sees nickel in best shape in decade before EVs take off

By: Bloomberg     21st November 2017 Glencore is seeing the best market conditions for nickel in at least a decade, and electric cars are barely playing a part yet. The miner and trading giant expects nickel’s 2017 deficit at 170 000 metric tons -- one of the biggest in years and more than most market estimates – to be driven by a... 

Global copper balance widens to 160 000 t deficit as refined output stalls

By: Henry Lazenby     31st October 2017 The world's refined copper balance has increased to 160 000 t for the first seven months of 2017, as refined copper supply has stagnated, according to the International Copper Study Group (ICSG). The Lisbon-based think tank said the July deficit was in fact the lowest recorded so far this year,... 

Metals study groups appoint Paul White as new secretary general

By: Henry Lazenby     27th October 2017 The International Copper Study Group, the International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) and the International Nickel Study Group have appointed Paul White as their new secretary general to replace Don Smale, who will retire on December 31. Assuming his new role on January 1, White is currently... 

Zinc deficit grows 30% in first eight months of 2017; lead narrows gap – ILZSG

By: Henry Lazenby     11th October 2017 The zinc supply gap has widened by 30% year-on-year for the first eight months of this year, new data published by the International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) shows. The Lisbon, Portugal-based organisation on Wednesday said the zinc deficit had grown from 221 000 t over the same... 

H1 2017 shows world refined copper deficit of 75 000 t

By: Henry Lazenby     20th September 2017 The world’s refined copper balance for the first half of 2017 indicates a deficit of around 75 000 t, including revisions to data previously presented, the Lisbon-based International Copper Study Group revealed on Wednesday. This is mainly owing to stagnant growth in the world refined copper... 

World copper mine output falls 3% in first five months of 2017

By: Henry Lazenby     19th August 2017 Global copper mine output was 3% lower year-on-year during the first five months of 2017, according to the latest data from the International Copper Study Group (ICSG). Concentrate production declined by around 2.5% and solvent extraction-electrowinning (SX-EW) declined by around 4.5%. 

Growth in copper supply to slow through 2020 – ICSG

By: Henry Lazenby     24th February 2017 Global copper mine production growth is expected to slow to 2.5% a year through 2020, down from an average growth rate of almost 4% a year in the last five years, the International Copper Study Group (ICSG) said on Thursday. The Lisbon, Portugal-based think tank cited continued delays in project... 

Global refined copper market saw wider deficit in November – ICSG

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2017 The International Copper Study Group reports a global copper market deficit of about 90 000 t in November, up from the 64 000 t deficit in October. The November deficit was mainly attributable to a 3.5% increase in apparent Chinese demand in the first 11 months of 2016, the Lisbon, Portugal-based... 

Tanzania said to pick Mota, Yapi to build $1.1bn rail

By: Bloomberg     3rd February 2017 Tanzania chose Turkish construction company Yapi Merkezi Insaat VE Sanayi As and Portuguese building firm Mota-Engil SGPS SA to build a railway at a cost of more than €1-billion ($1.1-billion) to connect the East African country with landlocked neighbors, people familiar with the matter said. The... 

Refined copper widens nine-month deficit - report

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd December 2016 The latest data out from the Lisbon-based International Copper Study Group (ICSG) shows a copper production deficit of 84 000 t for the first nine months this year, wider than the deficit of around 28 000 t in the comparable period of 2015. The ICSG’s preliminary data for September world copper... 

Laramide, Uranium Resources ink LoI to amend terms of payment

By: Samantha Herbst     6th December 2016 Dual-listed uranium developer Laramide Resources has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with Texas-based miner Uranium Resources to amend the definitive share purchase agreement, signed on April 6, stipulating that Laramide would acquire Uranium Resources’ wholly owned subsidiary Hydro Resources,... 

Copper surplus reaches 154 000 t in August on weaker Chinese demand, seasonality

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd November 2016 New analysis by the International Copper Study Group (ICSG) has shown an apparent production surplus of around 154 000 metric tonnes in August, mainly owing to weaker Chinese demand and seasonally weak use in other regions. The Lisbon, Portugal headquartered think tank said in a statement Monday... 

Gold’s top forecaster sees prices sinking amid three Fed hikes

By: Bloomberg     27th October 2016 The Federal Reserve will probably raise rates in December and twice more in 2017, boosting the dollar and hurting gold, according to Singapore-based Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp., the most accurate bullion forecaster in the third quarter. Gold will retreat each quarter next year, dropping to $1... 

Award-winning law firm outlines achievements and capabilities

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd January 2015 Owing to recently receiving several accolades, such as the Energy and Natural Resources Team of the Year and the African Law Firm of the Year awards at the 2014 African Legal Awards ceremony, in Johannesburg, in October 2014, law firm Webber Wentzel partner Sipho Methula believes the firm is well... 

Global copper market to swing to surplus in 2015 for first time in 5 years

By: Henry Lazenby     15th October 2014 A global copper industry think tank on Tuesday said the copper market, which had been in a supply deficit for the past five years, would swing to a surplus. The International Copper Study Group (ICSG) met in Lisbon, Portugal, on Monday and Tuesday, after which it published its copper market... 

Equipment manufacturer launches new backhoe loader

     30th May 2014 US-based capital equipment supplier New Holland Construction launched its new series of B100C backhoe loader trucks – which are capable of quick and efficient cutting of marble – in April. The company states that Italy-based marble-cutting machine manufacturer Benetti Macchine Spa developed the... 

Overcoming the threat of indigenisation in Africa

By: Chantelle Kotze     18th January 2013 There may be unforeseen and unintended political and social ramifications for countries implementing indigenisation legislation, aside from affecting foreign investment, if it is not carefully considered and the effects thereof are not carefully managed, law firm Webber Wentzel Africa mining and... 

The Brazilian gold rush

     12th October 2012 Perhaps the most popular and romantic aspect of the history of gold is the narrative of the various gold rushes that lured hundreds of thousands of people, literally, to the four corners of the globe during the eighteenth and, more notably, the nineteenth centuries. Such popularity can partly be... 

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